Tesla Motors has big plans for China and has already started taking reservations from the mainland for its Model S. One man, however, has a jump on the rest of his 1.3 billion fellow citizens, having taken delivery of the first example thought to have made it into the country. And it only cost him about $410,500 for the bragging rights.

According to the South China Morning Post, photos of the black electric sedan appeared on micro-blogging site Weibo from a user going by the handle 韩天_Racing (Hantian Racing). The report explains that the owner is not the photographer, but rather, a man living in the city of Dongyang who is "involved in a luxury wedding car rental service." Apparently, he has named his new acquisition Te Te.

The price is undoubtedly much higher than what other Chinese customers will be asked to pay for their Tuosule – the name Tesla will be called in that country – though with tariffs and taxes, we imagine the all-electric will definitely be more dear than in other markets.


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      Santini Brice
      • 1 Year Ago
      brand new car+shiping costs+insurance costs+import duty at 25%+import VAT at 17%+potential margin rate if it comes from an non official retailer. Its still far away from the announced 400k$.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Santini Brice
        What the hell kind of trade deal do we have with China? The USA has got to stop letting others put such massive tariffs on goods we export while we have almost no tariffs on all the lead-painted toys and poisonous dog food they send us.
          Actionable Mango
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          I believe the trade deal is that they finance our deficit spending so can do whatever the hell they want until we balance the budget, which will never happen.
      chambo622
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tesla is going to take off big time in China
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll bet that this one is still a Tesla. I'm sure the reason it is priced so high is because the guy bought it and is shipping it himself and paying all the tariffs.
      bluepongo1
      • 1 Year Ago
      If only Bejing customers could see this. *cough ... cough*
      roberto tomás
      The car's name in China "Tuō sù lè" (written 托素乐), is just the closest natural convergence with the latinate name "Tesla". The total of all import duties, other duties, and VAT in China ranges from ~30.5% to ~74.5% (as low as 17% for very cheap cars though, and that used to be 13%). There was some huge mark-up for importing this car early — or else a lot of aftermarket engineering needed to bring it up to spec to be road worthy in China. This guy must be rich to pay such a huge markup when the car is coming to China anyway, and prices will likely be less.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dongyang. Huh huh huh huh heh heh heh he has named his new acquisition Te Te huh huh huh heh heh heh